Affordable Learning Solutions for HBCUs: Get Started Through the Sharing of Practices, Strategies, Tools, and Resources

Pre-Conference Workshop Session 1
Streamed Session HBCU Leadership MERLOT

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Brief Abstract

Welcome to the 6th Annual Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) for HBCUs workshop where HBCU faculty, staff, and administrators share their practices for supporting faculty changing to no-cost and low-cost digital course materials, including OER, and saving students thousands of dollars. The preconference workshop will focus on helping HBCUs get started with their own AL$ programs.  Come start planning by learning from HBCUs that have made significant progress in their AL$ programs.  Come join us for this OPEN workshop at no additional cost!

***This workshop is free to all registered attendees of the OLC/MERLOT Innovate 2022 conference***


Robbie K. Melton, Ph.D. Is a tenured professor and transitional dean of Graduate School for Tennessee State University. She is also founder and CEO of ‘RobbieTech4Teach’ and formally (20 years) Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization Emerging Technology for Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) assigned to develop the system’s Strategic Emerging IOE Technology Planning and provide system-wide Professional Development and Faculty Training related to education technology support and services for teaching, learning, training, and workforce development, product testing, pilots and research. Melton is currently overseeing research regarding the ‘Emerging Technology of The Internet of Everything (IoE) of Smart Connected Devices and Mixed Reality Technologies’ (VR/AR/Holograms/Wearables) for enhancing teaching, improving learning, and increasing workforce productivity; curating IOE Smart Educational Devices, Gadgets, and Tools; and primary investigator for HBCU OER Affordable Learning Solutions Pilots and OER Workforce Skills Commons
Gerard L. Hanley Ph.D. is the Executive Director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, and SkillsCommons ( for the California State University, the Director for the Center for Usability for Design and Accessibility and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. At MERLOT and SkillsCommons, he directs the development and sustainability of the international consortium and technology strategy to provide open educational services to improve teaching and learning and continues to development the US Department of Labor's open repository of educational resources for workforce development. Gerry's previous positions include Assistance Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, the Director of Faculty Development and Director of Strategy Planning at CSU, Long Beach.

Extended Abstract

Outline of Activities:   

  • Welcome from Robbie Melton and the TSU team 
  • What is Affordable Learning Solutions and what difference can it make at your campus?
  • HBCU showcases of AL$ programs 
    • How are they implementing their AL$ campus program? President/Provost communications, AL$ committee, funding, training, and professional development, etc.
    • What have they achieved so far?  # of faculty participating, amount of savings produced, program or policies supported by campus, etc.
    • What they wish they had planned and/or what important thing still needs to be done for their AL$ to be successful on their campus
  • Presentations by the HBCU AL$ Hub campuses
    • Central State University  
    • Morehouse College  
    • Southern University, Shreveport  
    • Bethune Cookman University 
    • Tennessee State University  
  • Participant assessment of the current status of their campus AL$ program
  • Closing Comments